Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Pachyrhinosaurus sketches

A couple little scribbles from my time at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. As is probably evident, I was working at a much faster pace and with softer pencil for the bottom one. The skull referenced for the top one was jawless (and so was the only other ceratopsian skull nearby) so I pretty much had to wing it. Didn't notice I had made it so short until I got to the mount in one of the other halls, haha.

Monday, 30 July 2012

A few sketches

These were all done at the fabulous American Museum of Natural History during a visit there. The top two took around 10 minutes each. The allosaur took around 20 if I recall correctly--besides I wanted to take some additional time with it to make it look a little nicer, it had the additional challenge of the fact that the specimen it was based on (apparently a cast of AMNH 666) evidently had relatively substantial portions reconstructed, so I had to try and take this into account on the fly.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Young Tyrannosaurs: Adorable Fuzzy Balls of Death?

I did this one last year after the publication of that young Tarbosaurus specimen. What can I say? I have a soft spot for tyrannosaurs.
The throat was originally going to be scaly, but then near the end I decided to make that fuzzy too. Not entirely happy with how much there is a visible "seam" with the neck there, but overall I think it's actually one of my favourite dinos I've drawn in a long time.

I was actually excited to do this one after the success of a young Gorgosaurus I had done previously. That one was really interesting to do, and for the better part of a year a copy sat on the wall of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (and another copy--albeit of horrendously poor quality, for some reason--can also still be found by digging around the Museum's Facebook page). Expect me to be writing more about that one at some point later.

There was actually a quality of that Gorgosaur that lots of people brought up whenever I showed them--the eyes were lively and adorable, and it was all fuzzy (and indeed looked kinda huggable, or so I was told)... until you saw the teeth, after which hugging it seemed to be a pretty bad idea. I wanted to shoot for something like that here on the Tarbosaur. Did I succeed? Not entirely sure.

Hello, world!

Hello everyone. I’m a highschool student and amateur artist and researcher currently living in Northern Ontario.

Ok, so what the heck am I gonna do here, now that I have a little space to do so?

Well, first things first, one of my major ‘hobbies’ is natural history. Especially Mesozoic non-avian dinosaurs. I tell you, this past year or so I have become so entranced in trying to soak up as much as I can about science and anatomy, sometimes it feels crazy. So anyway, expect dinosaurs. Plenty of dinosaurs.

I also make art. Or at least, that’s what people like to call it.  So expect me to spend a lot of time sharing that. And yes, this and the whole dinosaurs thing overlap frequently.

I also used to LOVE doing fantasy stuff when I was younger. Lately I’ve been so caught up in my precious science though that that (and the art, to an extent) have taken a back seat. I honestly would really enjoy getting back to some of that. But, we’ll see what happens, and where else this thing may go.

In case this sounds like I’m basically making a place to dump all my crap, you’re right. But hey, why not? I mean, with the ever-growing online community, and indeed with both more scientists and artists joining the pool, it is not only a great place to get noticed but also to get feedback from people who know what they’re talking about--it's a win no matter how you look at it.

Ok, that was probably a downright boring block of text, wasn’t it? Fine, let’s get this thing rolling.

Here's a Torvosaurus. This one was just a quickie and took little more than an hour start to finish. Did it early last year. I've tried revamping this one a few times since, yet somehow find the original to be still more appealing. Dunno why, but sometimes that's just how it is.